We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, RE, PSHE and assemblies provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world.
We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.
Democracy is important at Oaklands. The children have many opportunities to explore this topic in taught sessions, through debates and pupil voice. On a yearly basis, children vote for key roles in our school such as school councillors and sports leaders, ensuring a democratic process is followed.
During the national General Election, children voted for our school’s political party leaders and the winning party affected change throughout the school in line with their manifesto.
At Oaklands, we have a clear, comprehensive Behaviour Policy. This clarifies behaviour expectations across the school and ensure that all of the school’s stakeholders understand high expectations. This ensures the safety and well-being of all of our school community whilst supporting them to understand the Rule of Law.
At the start of every year, class teachers remind children of the school rules and values. Together, the class create their own Class Charter. This is a system of rules to abide by throughout the year.
At Oaklands every child is treated with equal respect.
We accept and celebrate that each and everyone one of has individual needs and brings unique qualities to our community. Our school school provision ensures that the curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of everyone.
Within school, our children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make the correct choices safely through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedom. They are provided with advice on how to exercise these safely, for example through our Online Safety Policy and various themed curriculum opportunities. Our children are provided with many opportunities to make independent choices e.g. i.e. use of technology and participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs.
At Oaklands, mutual respect is at the heart of our values: our children learn that their behaviours have an impact on themselves and others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect and this is promoted through staff modelling the behaviour, RE lessons, assemblies and welcoming visitors of different faiths to our classrooms. In our library we also provide ethnically diverse reading material and children are encouraged to show respect and tolerance to all members of the school and wider community.